|Minus Pilots & Kenneth Kirschner - Unlit Cities [tube034]|
«In the first half of the twentieth century, the basic concepts of contemporary art and avant-garde were almost automatically connected to the ideology of progress. New York was the center of the world, a center "illustrated" by the gestures of Pollock's action painting, by the dripping of Kooning's grotesque work (see Women) and by a vast supply of right hemispheres capable of creating an equal whole without a central focus...
Keywords: ambient; improv electronics
|Revisitado (sem Voz) - Clorofila Azul|
«Hugo Santos returns as Clorofila Azul for the promised second volume of his 'golden oldies' collection. This time we took several CDs worth of instrumental material, beats, experiences and whatever, to build up what we believe to be a worthy release. Again, we can track most of Clorofila's strongest influences to be under the IDM and downbeat file, or even, why not, Trip Hop. 'Instrospecção' is a very good example of all of them...
Keywords: Downtempo; IDM; Ambient
|Templates - Platform|
«Platform was the first electronic band Rui Gato formed little after he went solo as Outersites (later an audiovisual duo) - from Elastic Void, his first individual effort. For Platform he teamed up with Nuno Clímaco Pinto, a friend guitar player strongly influenced by european jazz and experimental rock. Gato on laptop and modular synth and Nuno on guitar synth and effects they started composing new material built on percussion bases with improv...
Keywords: IDM; Downtempo; Experimental
Downloads: 406 (1 review)
|London By Night - Organic Anagram|
«(...) 'London By Night' is a bit like a short movie, like a journey through the city's darkest and scariest alleys, with the tracks working like snapshots of specific moments. Incidentaly, the track 'City Alleys Host Murders' which comes around roughly at the middle of the album, is the key piece to this record, picking up the bits and pieces of all the moments and joining them together into a cohesive narrative...
Keywords: Ambient; IDM; Experimental
|Western Spaghetti - Long Desert Cowboy|
«The 'alentejano' Daniel Catarino has kept for his second volume as Long Desert Cowboy a not so guitar-based, less Ry Cooder-esque sound than what is explored in the first volume (curiously, it's this one who gets to be titled 'Western Spaghetti). This is an album of shades, isolation, reflexion and patience, which bets higher in 'what isn't said' than in 'what is said'. It finds some parallel in the piece "Banda sonora para um dia normal", from Landfill, another moniker from Catarino, but in t...
Keywords: Experimental; Ambient Country; Soundtrack
|Lilt - Entia Non|
«As promised, we're back with another excellent work from Entia Non - aka James McDougall from Australia - called 'Lilt'. Like the previous one, expect to listen to lots of juicy field recordings from australian whereabouts artfully mixed with soothing ambient tones and drones of rare beauty, and also organic backgrounds to complete. For this release, James went to capture new sounds to some well known 'sand islands' located on the eastern coast of his enormous country, namely 'Stradbroke Islan...
Keywords: Glitch; Abstract; Ambient; Field Recordings
Downloads: 545 (1 review)
|Reso - Small Music|
Â«2005's last entry, ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome Yuusaku Kubota, also known as Reso. Reso has previously released two EP's for MiMi netlabel and a couple of tracks in several compilations. Reso is Japanese, and if we could tell (and we can) that there's a typical japanese sound in ambient electronica, well... this is it. Reso's ambient drones aren't really that far away from Ryoji Ikeda's low frequency signatures...
Keywords: Glitch; Dark Ambient; Drones
|Satori in Atlantis - Cory Allen|
«As you struggle to stop your thoughts, you can still hear the conversation of some neurons. Sometimes they sound like little pieces of metal sliding over a self-constructed organism, or granular rings that create ephemeral vibrations. In any case, they lead you into a psychic silence where you are able to listen to a higher consciousness. The enlightenment and awakening of your being brings you the true nature of creation...
Keywords: Experimental; Ambient
|Silent Drama - krypton|
«Whether a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe or a chemical element, known as a noble gas that occurs in trace amounts in the atmosphere, Krypton has the ability to expand into your subconscious. Along these sounds, you would be able to walk through a cold hummed darkness to develop systems of echolocation that will take you into distant memories. In this realm, memory becomes a bright greenish-yellow light that glows and reverbs...
Keywords: Dark Ambient; Ambient; Abstract
|INVADER - Reikai Sounds [tube040] - INVADER|
«Founded, to a large extent, on strategy of a surreal nature where the robotic vs human paradox is elevated to an aesthetic category, INVADER is the 21st century Reiki. Here, every sensory organ is invited to listen to a renewable energy, creating a resonance of the artistic self, which extends the body and the senses. INVADER provided soundtracks to several games for the Nintendo console (dont know which ones), and turned them into great live performances, where noise almost engulfs the whole ...
Keywords: Ambient; Experimental; Downbeat
Downloads: 11,800 (1 review)
|Plagiarism Perversions - Motown Junkie|
«Motown Junkie a.k.a. Ed The Sampler is Edgar Matos and lives very close to the spanish border in a portuguese town called Elvas, deep in the Alentejo's deserted countryside. Ed - for short - loves heavy metal rock, noise, goth, industrial and several other kinds, but he also enjoys sampling based electronic music and is quite fond of dark ambient too. As Nhoin - another one of his aliases - he has released stuff on our friend label Enough Records, but this time, as he puts on the Motown Junkie...
Keywords: Breakbeat; Downtempo; Trip Hop
|Shaman Tones - Artik|
«'Shaman Tones' starts with a Hedningarna cover, unsuspiciously titled, yeah, 'Hedningarna', and with it Polish artist Artur Antonian sets the tone for what will come ahead: Drones, repeated patterns, pagan rhythms and world grooves. This is a long album and Artur tries with some success to cover diferent styles and feelings. 'Flamenco' grabs a set of spanish guitar chords and deconstructs them throughout; 'Elves' goes cyber futuristic with it's blade runner-esque pads and beats; 'Polka' goes.....
Keywords: Abstract; IDM; Experimental; Minimal
|Norman Fairbanks - Graceland EP [tube039] - Norman Fairbanks|
«Now for some easy chillout breaks, for a change. LA based Norman Fairbanks doesn't do what we like to call 'difficult listening music'. No, he doesn't. Instead, he crafts some of the best lie-down-and-try-not-to-think kind of tunes that I've had the pleasure to listen to this year. Take a look at his website and tell me if those Hollywood streets aren't just the perfect scenario to enjoy the kind of lush downbeat tracks that make up this Graceland EP, while driving to your Corvette at cruise s...
Keywords: IDM; Chillout; Nostalgic
Downloads: 13,847 (1 review)
|Sticking Drops - Meteo EP [tube041] - Sticking Drops|
«"Music happens somewhere else". I came up with that phrase when I needed one for lezrod's myspace site and later found that somebody else conceived it for an article on William Basinski and Richard Chartier's self-titled on the german magazine DE:Bug. This phrase describes very accurately the new release from Sticking Drops, a two people project from Italy. "Meteo" is one of the most interesting releases I have heard through 2006, and indeed happens somewhere else...
Keywords: Experimental; Drones; Guitar Ambient
Downloads: 2,429 (1 review)
|The Door - Multi-Panel|
«Another extremely nice EP for those of you fond of Múm and other acoustic pop delicacies. Multi-Panel - real name for dutch artist Ludo Maas - delivers in just little over 15 minutes, 7 great tracks soaked in nostalgia, droney keyboards, soft beats and acoustic guitar pluckings. Reminds me a bit of other test tube releases from Aitänna77 and Bacanal Intruder. 'Radio' is the opener and my favorite track of this record...
Keywords: Acoustic; Electronic
|American Case Study - Norman Fairbanks|
«Well... and here's our last tube of 2007. Please welcome again Mr. Fairbanks from Los Angeles, California, with this new collection of tracks, which he appropriately titled 'American Case Study'. Norman has been steadily putting out high quality releases for a couple of years at least, officially releasing most of them through his own website. In this present case, we made a selection out of a couple of his latest works, rounding up roughly an hour of Fairbanks' tunes...
Keywords: Downtempo; Ambient
|Two Trips down Market Street - Petr Drkula|
«Our Czech friend Petr Drkula is back with another healthy dose of minimalism for all you loop addicted fans out there. Inspired by the amazing photo taken two centuries ago by photographer Geo. R. Lawrence over San Francisco in ruins - after the earthquake, 'Two Trips down Market Street' illustrates what our imagination builds while listening to the frantic piano-keying and looping. Imagine a silent film of old San Francisco, where people run around working their way out of the disaster, rebui...
Keywords: Downtempo; Minimal; Experimental
|Field Recordings #02 - Thelmo Cristovam|
«Are you ready to be embraced by the Tropical Rainforest? Thanks to the recordings of Brazilian physician mathematic and composer Thelmo Cristovam, we can sonically witness one of the most sensational environments of our planet in the surroundings of Lake Mamori (Manaus, Brazil). Paying attention to the beauty of the micro and macro sounds of this jungle can be impossible when you are being surrounded by moistly warm air and the "Anopheles Gambiae", a mosquito that is the principal vector of ma...
Keywords: Field Recordings; Raw
|The Union Freego - Greetings from the NE [tube037]|
Â«And now for something completely different! The Union Freego (TUF) is a classic pop/rock band from the North-East of Italy - hence the title 'Greetings from the NE' - that plays classic indie-rock, north-american style. We usually don't release rather obvious music genres or styles, but TUF seemed a nice twist to a somewhat linear catalogue, and after some listening we decided to go forward with it...
Keywords: Pop; Rock; Indie
|Pulsos Temporales Memorias Estables - Spirit Elevating Brains|
«'Pulsos Temporales Memorias Estables' is the second album from SEB here at test tube and this time he made it even bigger than the previous one. Twenty tracks of SEB's trademark 'digital nostalgia' style of clicks 'n' cuts and weird sampling. After a couple of listens, it's clear that Sebastian has been refining his sound. He's more precise and to-the-point when he tries to capture an emotional essence into a track or simply by telling us a story...
Keywords: Glitch; Abstract; IDM
|Plano Vertical - Juan José Calarco|
«We continue our travel through the wonders of electro-acoustics with another american, but this time it's a south-american. Please welcome Juan José from the capital of the Tango, Buenos Aires. 'Plano Vertical', consisting of only two long pieces - 'Extensión Activa' and 'Plano Vertical 2' - is a fifty minute journey along a misterious dark corridor, with highly textured sound halls along the way, which appear and disappear under various element-like palettes, like earth, water, fire, wind a...
Keywords: Electroacoustic; Field Recordings; Ambient
|Atractores Extraños II, or we are happy on the another planet - G.A.F.|
«Get this: Macedonian born Bosnian-Croatian and currently living in the spanish Islas Canárias, Mladen Kurajica operates this band which makes some unrecognizable kind of psychedelic drone rock of sorts. G.A.F. is the name, which stands for Grifa Ambient Factory. Mladen is also one of the most active promoters of the live music scene in the Canary islands, which really shows his love for music and everything related...
Keywords: Ambient; Psychedelic; Experimental; Drone
|Son of a Pitch - Pitch Boys|
«(...) Unlike the previous Pitch Boys releases , 'Son of a Pitch' covers different ground in terms of aesthetics. Taking as an approach the typical song format, Nuno grabs some basics of chill-out genre and mixes them with world music references, ambient, broken beat and some lounge to create stylish music drones which are perfect with some smoking of the flora portrayed in both artwork covers. Some personal favorites: 'Creamynal', 'Plonaise', 'Son of a Pitch' and 'Marijuan'...
Keywords: Downtempo; Chillout; Broken Beat; IDM
|Climate - Billy Gomberg|
«Two years ago, on August 29/30, hurricane Katrina hit hard on the greater New Orleans area, causing death and destruction as she passed and dissipated a few days after. Considered by weather analysts as the 3rd greatest hurricane in American history, Katrina was also considered by many as the probable result of men's relentless and irrational harm on our planet. Not that hurricanes never happened before, but they are growing stronger and more destructive in recent years, as temperatures rise a...
Keywords: Electroacoustic; Improv; Experimental
|Lonesome Abyss - 900piesek|
«Matúš Mikula is from Slovakia, one of the youngest members of the European Community, and as 900piesek he brings us a soothing sci-fi ambient release, packed with nostalgia and warmth. 'Lonesome Abyss' is Matús' third album already, and it can be somewhat defined as a dark ambient work, although it's a bit bright in the end. In Matús own words, this album is about the «death of the astro navigators», whatever that means.....
Keywords: Dark Ambient; Minimal
|Planicie Corrediza - Adrián Juárez|
«Adrián Juárez is a sound experimentalist from Buenos Aires, Argentina and he has been working with different sound languages since 2005. Not long but he has already spawned an impressive number of solo and collaborative works since then. Adrián works with various genres and sytles, ranging from IDM, vocal music, ambient, post rock and experimental to orchestral music, afro, percusion, latin american folk and others...
Keywords: Glitch; Experimental; Minimal
|Gordon Tebo - Adaptive Immune [tube031] - Gordon Tebo|
«And from Chicago - USA comes Gordon Tebo, a man with a very special music. Test Tube proudly presents 'Adaptive Immune', a kind of an ode to the human being, and his self-healing immune system. Gordon's music goes straight to the cells that we're made of. But don't get fooled by this apparently cold approach to his music. 'Adaptive Immune' is warm, warm like a blanket made of tiny little sound particles that tuck you in your bed at night...
Keywords: Experimental Electronics; Glitch; Drone
|Flotante EP - Cristian Gualpa|
«Hailing from Mendoza, Argentina, here is an EP release of warm ambient idm beats, from Cristian Gualpa, called “Flotante”. In five tracks, Gualpa explores an electronic language of aquatic beats, somehow related with the kind of stuff explored by artists like Arovane, and also a language with the laboratorial driving force that one can usually recognize on releases from labels like Raster-Noton...
Keywords: Abstract; Experimental
|Tradition - Pangea|
«The collaborative nature of spanish composer Juan Antonio Nieto has taken him into different journeys. What happens when the continental drift process suffers inversion? The union of intangible terrains is becoming more clear each second. At this point, we know that language is truly unstable and absolutely turbulent. We would like to be in control and arrest this flux of events that surround us...
Keywords: Abstract; IDM
|Símio Superior - Como na Rádio [tube033]|
«Símio Superior is André Abel, also a member of the noise-funk band Dance Damage and one half of electronic experimentalists Tropa Macaca. He is solo here, manipulatig samples to extreme sounding conditions, achieving some interesting and repetitive percussion forms. Travelling close to industrial territory, Símio Superior (roughly translated to 'Simian Sapiens' from portuguese) sounds like a noise-rock band, without the drums and guitars, pushing noise boundaries to the limit, but never get...
Keywords: Noise; Experimental; Drones
|Wanderweg - Pocka|
«'Wanderweg' is german for 'Hiking Trail' or 'Hiking Path'. Brad Mitchell recently lived and worked in Switzerland - before moving back to his Springfield, Missouri home, so it's no surprise that the lower Alps, the Black Forest and other typical surroundings inspired him with their nature magic. 'Wanderweg' is also the title of Brad's latest drone album, before putting his Kikapu netlabel to rest...
Keywords: IDM; Ambient
Downloads: 324 (1 review)
|Les Restes du Festin - d'incise|
«Rhythms that bleed. Rhythms that rust and fall apart. Rhythms that fracture your perception of time. D'incise's decompositional approach is charged with an electricity that turns actual objects into distorted images. At times, you will find your neck's vertebrae moving back and forth to keep a time only existant in your mind. In the collaborative nature of "Les Restes du Festin", we can hear micro-cuts from various improvised music recordings of Johann Bourquenez (piano), Christian Graf (guita...
Keywords: Abstract; IDM; Experimental
|Light Years - Lee Rosevere|
«The dazzling state before the magnanimous perspective of space is something that affects most people. The infinite, the fascinating void… the senses numbed by the impossibility to explain everything that surrounds us… these are the first images that ‘Light Years’ - a new release by Lee Rosevere – awake in our mind. Lee has been releasing his works mostly through his own label Happy Puppy Records and a few others like my good friend Adam’s Proc-Records...
|01122008 - Jin Men Ju|
«Hailing from Forth Worth, USA comes Jin Men Ju - real name Terry Horn - with the weirdest and minimalist acoustic based folk we've listened in years. Terry uses a power tour guitar toy, a nintendo ds with jam sessions and a ibook g4 to create hypnotic layers of strings repeated through infinite loops. You'll need a good stomach and a mind wide open enough to enjoy Terry's compositions, and if you do, you'll achieve levels of satisfaction you never thought possible...
Keywords: IDM; Ambient
|Le Sac De Sonido - A Sankip Hummad|
«When the particles of dust along a curve start floating, they carry miniscule pieces of metal, plastic, and glass. As these particles float, they reflect natural light to become visible to the human eye. In a similar way, A Sankip Hummad lifts tiny glitches, clicks, and bleeps out of their technological environment to infuse them with a special type of light and compelling traces of human memory; memories of a utopia that never existed or perhaps nostalgia for something we do not know yet...
Keywords: Glitch; Downtempo; Minimal
|Barcos - Lyonteque [tube036] - Barcos|
«I was asked to review this release by Pedro and didn't get any info on the artist, which obvioulsy I would get later... anyway I will review it only after hearing their music. The first track "It's Beer" is quite drunk, sweet and harsh at the same time, with extremely groovy beats and basslines, and some background f/x reminding me of the semiconscious state of full drunkeness. This tune is really phat and gets me in a dark twisted groove...
Keywords: Abstract Hip Hop; Drones; Experimental
|Country at the River of Friendship - Fraufraulein|
«Today, test tube very proudly presents 'Country at the River of Friendship', an album by Fraufraulein. For me, this was one of the most anticipated releases of this year. Before presenting the duo that makes Fraufraulein what it is, I'll tell you how I came to know their music: Months ago, at the beginning of 2007, we accepted a submission by this new yorker guy named Billy Gomberg. When Billy gave me the url to his page at Fraufraulein's website I got curious, and became interested in knowing...
Keywords: Electroacoustic; Improv; Jazzy ambient
|Motionfield - Northern Lights [tube035] - Petter Friberg|
Â«Swedish born Petter Friberg is a veteran when it comes to electronic dance music. He started producing underground techno back in the late 80's and issued a couple of twelve inches. After that, with partner Martin Frick under the alias Superstereo, he released three EPs of groovy danceable tunes, but after a few years he got into Eno and The Orb and began working in the ambient electronica field...
Keywords: Old School Ambient; Drones
|Martin Heinrich - Omas FGT|
«Omas FGT is one of the heads behind french label Plex Records. Omas has released once on his own house (plx001), plus a couple of loose tracks and remixes on compilations throughout Plex's catalogue. Two years later and he has three other releases: 'Frequency Modulation', a five tracker on Telescope - built using only frequency modulation synthesis, and 'Silver Bullet' parts I and II on switzerland's Psycle records as a collaborative project between the two labels...
Keywords: Industrial; IDM; Noise
|Sandshoes - Long Desert Cowboy|
«"The times, they are a-changin'". The new musical outfit of Daniel Catarino (also known as Landfill) brings dust to our footsteps and its consequent footprints. It may not be deliberate but the first of the two volumes from this new adventure carries the smell and feel of Ry Cooder. Throughout its six chapters, Daniel Catarino builds a sand map, drawing richly detailed landscapes. Long Desert Cowboy is, so to speak, a landscape architect who respects the immediate in spite of the project at ha...
Keywords: Experimental; Ambient Country; Soundtrack
|The Dark Ages of Technology - meta:Human|
«Ok, time for something completely different. Meet meta:Human, a kind of an Industrial-Techno-Goth-IDM trio from Germany. 'The Dark Ages of Technology' is their own post-apocaliptic manifest. This releases is something of a 'best of', put together by the guys from 3 full albums of previously unreleased material. We have deliberate anti-capitalist, anti-globalisation, anti... well... anti-human lyrics sung in a style not too distant from Peter Murphy's Bauhaus or Dave Gahan's Depeche Mode...
Keywords: Industrial; Gothic Rock; IDM; Electro
|Plays - Eye|
«Peter Memmer is originally from Germany and is a former classical dancer who used to live in Portugal until very recently - the cover photo was taken by Peter at a typical portuguese Carnival festivity at Loulé - before moving again to another european country, Spain, if I'm not mistaken. Musically, one could easily think of Peter's work like something between Manitoba/Caribou and Kieran Hebden's Four Tet: Contemporary electronic pop with traces of pop-rock from last century...
Keywords: Experimental Pop; IDM; Downtempo
|Stepping Stone - O.C.P.|
«Three/four releases a year is the average production coming out of João Ricardo's lab, making him a very busy artist and producer. Even with such a rate of releases, quality is not an issue, as João - aka Operador de Cabine Polivalente (OCP for short) always makes really interesting works. 'Stepping Stone' is one more of those works. Again, João takes the 'single piece' approach for added immersive experience...
Keywords: Glitch; Abstract; Experimental; Ambient
|Short Dance Songs EP - Ad.R|
«Polish kid Adrian Kowalczewski (cover photo, black suit) aka Ad.R sent us a nifty little EP a while ago called 'Short Dance Songs'. It took some time to get everything ready for the release but, alas, here it is! This EP is a nice little surprise, as it covers a lot of electronica's ground in just over 23 minutes. Inside, you will find nicely crafted old school IDM, some breakbeat, some 8bit stuff, some experimental IDM and a little whim of Glitch...
Keywords: IDM; Downtempo
Downloads: 1,164 (1 review)
|Distal - Entia Non|
«Another personal favorite of 2007 comes from the far away Australia. James McDougall a.k.a. Entia Non possesses the rare talent of putting together seemingly ordinary field recordings in a way that they sound to always have belonged together. If you enjoyed My Fun 'Idyll EP' release you'll love 'Distal'. James manipulates found sounds using ambient electronica techniques, tape reels and vinyl records into the most beautiful soundscapes you'll be able to hear...
Keywords: Field Recordings; Ambient
Downloads: 2,752 (1 review)
|Some paradoxes about the human existence and its arquetips - Uncle Bart comes to have breakfast|
«From fragments of some (other) space free jazz in ‘Interlude…’ to the perversion of a spoken word in ‘Metamorphosis…’, going through the post-minimalism of ‘Cyber Chaotic Zen Paradox’, it’s a whole universe almost cinematographic – which goes beyond transcending labels and classifications – the one that we are given to discover in this excellent work from ‘Uncle Bart comes to have breakfast’...
Keywords: Abstract; Experimental
|irish - The Pretty Album [tube038]|
Keywords: IDM; Ambient; Experimental Hip Hop
|Gordon Tebo - Adaptive Immune - Gordon Tebo|
ÃÂ«And from Chicago - USA comes Gordon Tebo, a man with a very special music. Test Tube proudly presents 'Adaptive Immune', a kind of an ode to the human being, and his self-healing immune system. Gordon's music goes straight to the cells that we're made of. But don't get fooled by this apparently cold approach to his music. 'Adaptive Immune' is warm, warm like a blanket made of tiny little sound particles that tuck you in your bed at night...
|e:4c - Documents [tube042] - H. Vasconcelos & J. Correia|
Â«e:4c are H. Vasconcelos and J. Correia, a laptop duo from Porto, Portugal, and they build skyscrapers made of heavy pre and post-processed field recordings, cable static and general software sound generation. This is usually filed under 'experimental improvised electronics' and e:4c are obvious followers of VÃtor Joaquim, Paulo Raposo, @c and other renowned portuguese laptop experimentalists and composers, and they are extremely good at what they do...
Keywords: Experimental; Drones; Laptop Electronica; Glitch
|Self Deprivation - Mother|
«Once again, Chris Komashko releases a compelling set of sonic options to cerebrate upon. According to most dictionaries, deprivation is the loss or absence of parts, powers, or things that are needed. Is the self a part? Is the self a power? Is the self needed? In any case, listening to "Self Deprivation", you will encounter the pleasant absence of melody, familiar chords and structures. This absence can make you reflect about things that are not longer present...
Keywords: Glitch; Abstract; IDM